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Egypt student gets 3-year jail term for atheism

Twenty-one year-old Egyptian student to appeal three year sentence for Atheism

AFP , Sunday 11 Jan 2015
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An Egyptian court has sentenced a student to three years in jail for announcing on Facebook that he is an atheist and for insulting Islam, his lawyer said Sunday.
 
Karim El-Banna, a 21-year-old whose own father testified against him, was jailed by a court in the Nile Delta province of Baheira on Saturday, lawyer Ahmed Abdel Nabi told AFP.
 
"He was handed down a three-year prison sentence, and if he pays a bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($ 140 or 117 euros) the sentence can be suspended until a verdict is issued by an appeals court," Abdel Nabi said, adding that an appeal was to be heard on March 9.
 
Abdel Nabi said his client's father had testified against his son, charging that he "was embracing extremist ideas against Islam".
 
Banna's name had appeared in a list of known atheists in a local daily after which his neighbours harassed him, said Ishaq Ibrahim, a researcher on religion and beliefs at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
 
When Banna went to file a complaint against them at a police station, he was accused of insulting Islam and arrested, said Ibrahim, who has been tracking Banna's case.
 
Banna has been in custody since November.
 
In December 2012, a 27-year-old blogger, Alber Saber, was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of blasphemy.
 
And last June, a Coptic Christian man was sentenced to six years in jail for insulting Islam.
 
The authorities have stepped up measures, including organising workshops, to counter atheism.
 
Egypt's constitution outlaws insults against the three recognised monotheist religions -- Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
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adel mazen
20-01-2015 10:39pm
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el banna
If you like spaghetti, don't have a bill board saying I love spaghetti, and hate rice, keep it to your self, no body cares trust me , faith is a private thing, why do you want to show your private thing(s) ( smile) have a life, adel
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John Donald
12-01-2015 12:55pm
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If you want to scare the monkeys kill a chicken
This is all hypocracy of an illegitimate government by police using cloaking itself in religous drivel to impose fear on its subjects to maintain the privilege of the military elite that has upsurped the state.
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John Donald
12-01-2015 12:55pm
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If you want to scare the monkeys kill a chicken
This is all hypocracy of an illegitimate government by police using cloaking itself in religous drivel to impose fear on its subjects to maintain the privilege of the military elite that has upsurped the state.
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Anony
12-01-2015 11:55am
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Freedom of believe
I cannot understand why people are being punished for not being religious...it does not mean that you are insulting any religion when you do not believe and furthermore it is not anyone's business what others are believing in...they should focus on their own religious attitudes before they judge others!!
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ablubber
12-01-2015 01:51am
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that is crazy
as Stupid as it is the anti criticism law was probably provoked by muslim charity in ancient west african times when mansa musa gave charity to egypt on his trip to mecca almost 700 years ago
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democracia
11-01-2015 09:15pm
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What you expect?
And after those three years in prison, what you expect him to be? A moslim again or what? Ridiculous and poor!!! Give finally the Egyptian people the freedom to believe what they want!
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zakki
11-01-2015 07:03pm
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barbarian act
barbaric...
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